Fear on Hold

Fear on Hold

Step into the world of courage, compassion, and resilience with 'Fear on Hold,' a new podcast that brings to life the extraordinary stories of Carnegie heroes – ordinary people who, when faced with life-threatening situations, summoned incredible bravery to save others. Each episode of 'Fear on Hold' delves deep into the heart-pounding moments where fear and heroism intersect, shining a light on the individuals who have been honored by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. These men and women paused their own fear to come to the aid of strangers in dire circumstances -- whether it's a daring rescue in the midst of a fire raging inside a car, a child plucked out of a swift, cold current, or a harrowing race against a train to remove someone trapped on the tracks. Whether you're a fan of fantastic storytelling, a seeker of inspiration, or simply intrigued by the complexities of heroism, 'Fear on Hold' is will captivate your heart, expand your understanding of human nature, and leave you in awe of the indomitable power that lies within each of us when fear is put on hold. Tone: Inspirational, Gripping, Empathetic Target Audience: Fans of true stories and heroism, and those interested in exploring the depths of human courage and compassion.


December 15, 2023 20 mins

It was Christmas Day and Donald E. Thompson was headed to work as a police officer when he watched a station wagon collide with a retaining wall, skidded across a Los Angeles freeway, and erupted in flames, 20 to 30 feet high.

Thompson knew that the driver wouldn't be able to extricate himself on his own so he approached the car, but by then it was a wall of heat and flames. As he used the driver's door as a shie...

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Clerc Higgins Cooper was just 14 when she and two friends sailing a 19-foot Flying Scot came upon a swamped boat on Lake Pontchartrain.

"It was a very windy day, and Lake Pontchartrain is really long, 26 miles to the north. And so when the wind blows from the north, the waves just get bigger and bigger as they come toward the south. So by the time they get to the south shore, which is where we were sailing out of, the...

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November 3, 2023 16 mins

A 2014 community barbecue in Yonkers, New York, turned tragic after a 5-year-old boy entered the Hudson River and was seen floating away from shore. Alerted to the situation, Boyce Coleman, of Yonkers, and Jenna Fanelli, of Elmsford, New York, climbed a fence along the bank and entered the river.

"Everyone was screaming. It was like 200 people lined up screaming for help. They were saying, 'Get a rope! Get a rope...

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October 13, 2023 22 mins

A 49-year-old stay-at-home mom acted without hesitation after she saw a pickup truck speed into Humboldt Bay off Eureka, California, in the afternoon of Jan. 2. The truck entered the 51-degree water and drifted away from shore with the outgoing tide. Hiedi Johnston, of Willow Creek, California, climbed down the rocky shore, waded, and then swam to the truck, which was sinking.

At this point, Johnston knew they were in trou...

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September 22, 2023 14 mins

Despite being a longtime Brookhaven, New York, firefighter for decades, on Oct. 10, 2017, Peter C. Di Pinto, Sr., found himself in situation he had never encountered. After hearing the unmistakable sounds of a car accident near their home, Di Pinto and his wife responded to offer any immediate help before on-duty officials arrived on scene. When they came up on the scene they only found one car. The other car involved had left the ...

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September 12, 2023 2 mins

Follow the stories of five Carnegie heroes who risked it all to save strangers who were looking death in the face. From a fiery car wreck on a Los Angeles freeway to a boat capsizing in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain, these men and women put fear on hold to face extreme danger.

Fear on Hold's season one delves into the stories of Peter C. Di Pinto, Jr., Hiedi Johnston, Clerc Higgins Cooper, Jenna Fanelli, and Don...

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